The Vertical Ray of the Sun Synopsis
The story of three sisters who live close to each other in present-day Hanoi.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a simple story with complex reverberations and undercurrents, as secrets keep being revealed.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Underneath the ravishing imagery however, hearts are in flux.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The cinematography is gorgeous from first frame to last, but the story occasionally rings false.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Made of a serene dynamite that's all but unknown to American film audiences.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Wesley Morris
Plays like a holy, erotic mood piece, steeped in so much subdued jungle fever that it practically runs on photosynthesis.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Few filmmakers of the past 20 years have mesmerized as much in their use of crisp, color-drenched photography.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Beautiful, languorous, passive -- it plays like background music for itself.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Here's the downside, and it's not just me: You need a scorecard to keep track of the sisters, their brother, two husbands, a boyfriend, two...
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63

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
For all its virtues, this is not a film to see on less than a good night's sleep.
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60

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
If you're looking for refuge from summer movie bombast, it's frequently intoxicating.
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